Newport has been a vacation hotspot since 1856. Attractions include the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, two historic lighthouses, the Bayfront, historic Nye Beach, and the Deco District. The Bayfront bustles with activity, from the U.S. Coast Guard Station and commercial fishing fleet to family attractions, charter boats, and galleries.
Hwy 20 runs east through the Coast Range all the way to Boston; at 3,365 miles, it is the longest road in America.
From the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a fairly steep street leads down to Bay Boulevard and the Bayfront. Farther on, Bay Boulevard becomes North Bay Road, following the route of the 1885 Oregon Pacific Railroad along the Yaquina River to Toledo. The Toledo Paddle Park is at mile marker 10. The 13-mile scenic drive features river and estuary vistas, historical markers, bike and walking lanes, and oyster farms